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Newsletter Issue 7 No 4  November 1998 N

Tararua Wind Farm Open Weekend

By Simon Prout

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The Tararua Wind Farm construction is progressing well and stage one is on track for completion by April 1999. (For further information on the Tararua Wind Farm refer to the article in the newsletter Issue 7 No 1 February 1998). The first 10 Vestas V47-660kW wind turbines have arrived at the site and are being erected at the moment. A further 22 of the wind turbines are due to arrive in New Zealand by the end of the year.

If you are interested in the wind farm and seeing it so far in more detail to find out for yourself what is happening with it here is your chance.

CentralPower and the Terrace End and Milson Rotary Clubs are hosting a Wind Farm open weekend over the two days of the 28th and 29th of November 1998.

As the Tararua Wind Farm is situated on private land, and cannot be reached by the general public, the open days will give the public a chance to visit the site on a guided tour. The open days will give the public the opportunity to view the normally closed construction site and will enable visitors to see several of the first completed wind turbines, and the site that will eventually sustain 48 Vestas wind turbines for stage one of the Tararua Wind Farm.

Tickets for the open days will be sold from 1 November 1998 at various outlets around the Manawatu region, including CentralPower offices.

The guided tours will leave at regular intervals from Ashhurst Domain (just out of Palmerston North) over the two days, and while visitors enjoy visiting one of the best sites for a wind farm in New Zealand, Ashhurst Domain will come alive with family activities, entertainment and food.

All proceeds from the weekend will go to the Life Education Trust.